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devry PROJ 598 Entire Course

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PROJ 598 Week 1 DQ 1 Overview of the Project Procurement Processes

PROJ 598 Week 1 DQ 2 Building Trust

PROJ 598 Week 2 Project Assignment Part I (PP1  RFP Section 1)

PROJ 598 Week 2 DQ 1 Contract Risk

PROJ 598 Week 2 DQ 2 Why Do We Need Contracts

PROJ 598 Week 3 DQ 1 Bid v. No Bid

PROJ 598 Week 3 DQ 2 Potential Conflict  – Buyers And Sellers

PROJ 598 Week 4 Project Assignment  Project Part II (PP2)

PROJ 598 Week 4 DQ 1 Contract Pricing

PROJ 598 Week 4 DQ 2 Source Selection

PROJ 598 Week 5 The Award Phase – You Decide

PROJ 598 Week 5 DQ 1 Best Practices

PROJ 598 Week 5 DQ 2 Negotiating Case Study

PROJ 598 Week 6 Project Assignment  Project Part III (PP3) – Formal Proposal Submission

PROJ 598 Week 6 DQ 1 Getting the Job Completed

PROJ 598 Week 6 DQ 2 World Class PMO

PROJ 598 Week 7 Negotiation Exercise

PROJ 598 Week 7 DQ 1 The Uniform Commercial Code

PROJ 598 Week 7 DQ 2 I’d like to give some advice to

PROJ 598 Week 8 Final Exam

(TCO H) What is the maximum value of a verbal contract? (Points : 5)

(TCO F) Which is not part of the award phase of the contract management process? (Points : 5)

(TCO D) What are two major types of authority applicable to a contract manager/project manager? Briefly explain each of these authorities. (Points : 16)

TCO A) Describe three techniques that build trust and a lasting partnership. Give an example for each technique and how it would impact an organization. (Points : 18)

(TCO B) Describe the seller’s pre-award stage of the contract management process. Give an example of the activity that takes place in each step. (Points : 16)

((TCO E) Describe and explain some of the tools and techniques that should be used in source selection. For example, is negotiation the only effective tool for source selection or are there others?

a .Contract negotiation, weighing systems, screening systems, and independent estimates are all manners to select appropriate sources. Regardless of the source required, there should be a process to screen suppliers in a way to empirically select a source. This reduces personal bias and other factors from the process. Page 146 (Points : 16)

(TCO C) Compare and contrast fixed price agreements with cost reimbursable agreements and with time and material agreements. Offer your opinion on which type of contract would best suit your organizational needs if you had to only select one type of agreement for all your suppliers and sub-contractors. (Points : 16)

(TCO F) What is source selection, and why is it important? (Points : 16)

TCO G) There are many misconceptions regarding global contract management. Describe three such misconceptions, and describe the reality of actual global contracts. (Points : 16)

(TCO H) One of the tools and techniques used in contract closeout or termination is compliance verification, briefly describe this tool. (Points : 16)

(TCO A) State and elaborate five actions to improve your use of contract incentives. (Points : 20)

(TCO C) Describe qualitative vs. quantitative evaluation criteria. (Points : 20)

(TCO D) Performance-based contracts (PBC) contain five essential elements. (Points : 20)

(TCO E) It has been said that the side that does the most research and planning will often come out best in any negotiation? Do you agree with this statement? Do you disagree with this statement? Defend your position with examples and other information (Points : 20)

(TCO F) What is an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ)? (Points : 20)

TCO G) Describe and compare and contrast the buyer’s and seller’s post-award phase of the contract management process. Give an example for each step in the process for the buyer and for the seller. (Points : 20)

(TCO H) Describe and explain the awakening phase in the evolution of a project management organization. Explain and defend why this phase is the most important of the process. Use examples to support your ideas. (Points : 20)

(TCO B) What are the unique differences between cost plus incentive fee contracts and fixed price incentive contracts?(Points : 20)

 

devry PROJ 598 Week 3 DQ 1 Bid v. No Bid

devry PROJ 598 Week 3 DQ 1 Bid v. No Bid

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There are two distinct sides of any negotiation. In many cases, people tend to review contract negotiation from the buyer’s perspective. However, no analysis of contracts and negotiations would be complete without considering the seller’s perspective on bid participation and negotiation. The bid/no-bid decision requires analyzing the risks versus the opportunities of a potential business deal before deciding whether or not to proceed.

This week, we will consider the buyer’s and seller’s decision to participate on a bid. Consider the following:

What are some factors that would be taken into consideration in whether to participate in a bid? Please share any examples that you may have from your experience with bids.
What tools are available to help us make a good bid/no bid decision?
What are some implications of declining a bid on a particular project?
Consider and explain the role of research as it pertains to a bid decision.

 

devry PROJ 598 Final Exam

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(TCO H) What is the maximum value of a verbal contract? (Points : 5)

(TCO F) Which is not part of the award phase of the contract management process? (Points : 5)

(TCO D) What are two major types of authority applicable to a contract manager/project manager? Briefly explain each of these authorities. (Points : 16)

TCO A) Describe three techniques that build trust and a lasting partnership. Give an example for each technique and how it would impact an organization. (Points : 18)

(TCO B) Describe the seller’s pre-award stage of the contract management process. Give an example of the activity that takes place in each step. (Points : 16)

((TCO E) Describe and explain some of the tools and techniques that should be used in source selection. For example, is negotiation the only effective tool for source selection or are there others?

a .Contract negotiation, weighing systems, screening systems, and independent estimates are all manners to select appropriate sources. Regardless of the source required, there should be a process to screen suppliers in a way to empirically select a source. This reduces personal bias and other factors from the process. Page 146 (Points : 16)

(TCO C) Compare and contrast fixed price agreements with cost reimbursable agreements and with time and material agreements. Offer your opinion on which type of contract would best suit your organizational needs if you had to only select one type of agreement for all your suppliers and sub-contractors. (Points : 16)

(TCO F) What is source selection, and why is it important? (Points : 16)

TCO G) There are many misconceptions regarding global contract management. Describe three such misconceptions, and describe the reality of actual global contracts. (Points : 16)

(TCO H) One of the tools and techniques used in contract closeout or termination is compliance verification, briefly describe this tool. (Points : 16)

(TCO A) State and elaborate five actions to improve your use of contract incentives. (Points : 20)

(TCO C) Describe qualitative vs. quantitative evaluation criteria. (Points : 20)

(TCO D) Performance-based contracts (PBC) contain five essential elements. (Points : 20)

(TCO E) It has been said that the side that does the most research and planning will often come out best in any negotiation? Do you agree with this statement? Do you disagree with this statement? Defend your position with examples and other information (Points : 20)

(TCO F) What is an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ)? (Points : 20)

TCO G) Describe and compare and contrast the buyer’s and seller’s post-award phase of the contract management process. Give an example for each step in the process for the buyer and for the seller. (Points : 20)

(TCO H) Describe and explain the awakening phase in the evolution of a project management organization. Explain and defend why this phase is the most important of the process. Use examples to support your ideas. (Points : 20)

(TCO B) What are the unique differences between cost plus incentive fee contracts and fixed price incentive contracts?(Points : 20)

 

devry PROJ 598 Week 1 DQ 1

devry PROJ 598 Week 1 DQ 1

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What are the four unique differences of the four procurement processes? Why are these processes fundamental to managing project procurement?

 

devry PROJ 598 Week 1 DQ 2 Building Trust

devry PROJ 598 Week 1 DQ 2 Building Trust

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How do you feel intuitively about building trust in an organization? What do you think are the key ingredients in building a trusting relationship? I feel that trust in organizations is a top priority because the lack of trust can be destructive for any organization. When an organization is in a situation where people do not feel trusted, it makes for a difficult situation. People do not perform well if they are constantly worried about their job.

Check your ideas with the “Building Trust for Successful Partnerships: Checklist” on page 14 of our text. Do you see any new ideas? Do you think that building trust is inherently the same across all types of relationships?

Finally, read the Copier Confusion case in the Case Study Area within Doc Sharing. Is this case a good example of how to build a successful partnership? Why or why not? Can you relate this case study to other situations in good and bad organizations where you have seen trust change over time?

 

devry PROJ 598 Week 2 Course Project – Part I (PP1) – RFP Section 1

devry PROJ 598 Week 2 Course Project – Part I (PP1) - RFP Section 1

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Part I (PP1)    
Assignment: Select one of the three RFP procurement cases listed below (A New Practice Field, An Environment Impact Study, and an Inventory Control System) for your Course Project. Use the RFP template located in the Doc Sharing area to complete the cover page and the following sections of the RFP (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4).

Resources: Obviously, Chapters 1 through 6 of the text would serve as a starting point. Please be advised that considerable relevant material is also available on the Internet, so you might want to conduct a search for some materials that may yield insights into the RFP development process. Download and use the RFP template from the Doc Sharing area.

Procedures and Deadline: All project issues should be directed in the Q & A Forum or addressed in class. The PP1 RFP should be prepared in a MS Word format suitable for electronic transmission. Any resources used beyond the textbook need to be cited in your document, including links to relevant websites. Be sure to include footnotes and bibliography.

Submission Details: All PP1 documents must be submitted no later than the end of Week 2. There will be a penalty for late submissions. Submit a soft copy of your RFP in the Dropbox created for this purpose.

Clarification on Assignment: All questions of a clarification nature should be asked in the weekly Q & A Forum discussion topic.

Grading: Eighty percent of points will be for content (including proper use of the English language) and 20percent of points will be based following the instructions for the assignment.

RFP Content:

Your RFP should utilize the best practices of the Pre-award Phase that apply to your project. You must choose the type of contract that you feel is most appropriate for this procurement. I will set the length limit at three double-spaced pages (12-point font) for the main body of the RFP (sections 1.1 – 1.4). (Please do not feel obligated to reach that limit.) All other section content should be noted as to-be-determined (tbd).

The first page of your overall submission must be a cover sheet that contains the project title (hopefully, not “PP1” or anything like that—be inventive), your name, your e-mail address, and course identifying information (e.g., “PROJ598 for this term” will suffice—obviously, use the correct term identifier). The second page will be a Table of Contents (TOC) listing the major RFP sections together with page numbers. Include on this page a listing of the references that you used in the RFP preparation, including websites, if any. The next one-to-three pages constitutes the main body of the RFP. Appendix B contains a list of suppliers to whom you would send the RFP. These must be real bona fide contractors—not hypothetical ones. On that page, say how you chose these potential suppliers. The cover sheet, TOC/references page, and supplier list do not count toward the three-page limitation.

RFP Procurement Cases

Select one of the following RFP procurement cases to develop your PP1 RFP:

A New Practice Field
You own a semipro baseball team (in the location of your choice) and you want to construct a new practice field. You own the land already (20 acres). The land is relatively flat and it has only a few dilapidated structures (barns) and trees on it. Connecting up with existing water and sewer lines would present no unusual technical problems. It is now September, and you would love to have that field ready to go by March two years hence. Your vision would include the playing field, a small clubhouse, and a parking area that would hold about 50 cars. No spectator seating would be required. The decision to go with one general contractor has already been made.

An Environmental Impact Study
You are a general contractor wishing to put up a modest sized cement production plant on the outskirts of town. The plant would operate on only one 10-hour shift per day and would produce about 400 cubic yards of output per day for six days per week. It is necessary for an environmental impact study to be undertaken before the county can issue a permit. The biggest issue is, of course, the air quality implications of cement production, but potential impacts on water quality are of concern as well. It is now October, and you want to start building the plant by the end of next summer, if at all possible. It is now time to issue an RFP to procure an environmental impact analysis. Studies of this type normally require about three months of concerted effort by a team of analysts.

An Inventory Control System

You sell seeds from a catalog, and business has been blossoming. However, your inventory tracking system is inadequate. In high season, supply outages have been frequent, and customer complaints over delays have been increasing. You fear that your business will die on the vine unless something is done to improve things. You want to hire a management consultant to design a new inventory tracking system. This kind of work normally requires about six months worth of effort. It is now May. You need to issue an RFP for this work. The procurement will be for the design stage only—implementation may or may not be handled under a separate contract at a later date.

Deadline: PP1 is due by the end of Week 2.

Submit your PP1 assignment to the Week 2 Dropbox.

 

devry PROJ 598 Week 2 DQ 1 Contract Risk

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What are some of the sources of risks associated with contracts?

Cite examples of risks that you have encountered (not necessarily in writing) when purchasing things in your own personal or professional life.

What are the sources of these risks identified by our text?  Can you think of any others?

Do any types of contracts or contract situations increase risk?

Do you feel that risk is equally divided between the buyer and seller?

 

devry PROJ 598 Week 2 DQ 2 Why Do We Need Contracts

devry PROJ 598 Week 2 DQ 2 Why Do We Need Contracts

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Why do we need contracts at all?

Why would buyers and sellers differ in their overall assumptions?

What are specific frameworks of contract development that address potential problems or issues?

Is there any specific type of contract development that might be more challenging than others?

How effective are verbal contracts?

 

devry PROJ 598 Week 3 DQ 2 Potential Conflict – Buyers And Sellers

devry PROJ 598 Week 3 DQ 2 Potential Conflict – Buyers And Sellers

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Class, page 100 of our text mentions best practices for buyers and sellers in the pre-award phase. Do you see any potential conflicts between the two sets of suggestions? For best practices in the seller’s list, explore a conflict from the buyer’s side. Help your classmates consider other conflicts.

Give an example of a negotiation conflict that you have had (buyer or seller), and explain how the situation was resolved. Review what your classmates write, as all of this will offer a variety of examples of what kind of conflict can happen during a negotiation.

 

devry PROJ 598 Week 4 Course Project Assignment Project Part II (PP2)

devry PROJ 598 Week 4 Course Project Assignment  Project Part II (PP2)

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Part II (PP2)    
Assignment: Project Part 2 (PP2) entails completing the remaining sections of the Request for Proposal (RFP) that was selected and prepared for Project Part 1 (PP1).

Background: The project directly addresses TCO E and covers material in Chapters 1 through 8 of the text. These chapters develop the procurement process up to the point of issuing the RFP. The remaining chapters of the book consider procurement activities undertaken subsequent to this milestone RFP event. Part 3 (PP3) will deal with material from a wider range of the Garrett text.

Terminal Course Objectives (TCOs): The following TCOs are addressed in the PP2 assignment:

TCO A: Given a project situation, discuss and document the six phases of the procurement cycle and the impact each procurement has on the overall project.

TCO B: Given a project situation, analyze the factors that are important when qualifying and selecting suppliers for a project requirement.

TCO C: Given a project situation for a major contract, examine the key factors, including risk factors, that affect buyer and supplier decisions concerning contract pricing and the selection of the proper contract type.

TCO D: Given a procurement situation for a major contract, analyze the application of e-procurement and other types of supplier bidding models available.

TCO E: Given a situation to solicit a bid proposal, evaluate technical, management, commercial, and ethical requirements, and then prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP).

Resources: Obviously, Chapters 1 through 8 of the text would serve as a starting point. Please be advised that considerable relevant material is also available on the Internet, so you might want to conduct a search for materials that may yield insights into the RFP development process. Use the RFP template from your PP1 assignment, which was downloaded from the Doc Sharing area.

Procedures and Deadline: All project issues should be directed in the Q & A Forum or addressed in class. The PP2 RFP should be prepared in a MS Word format suitable for electronic transmission. Any resources used beyond the textbook need to be cited in your document—including links to relevant websites. Be sure to include footnotes and bibliography.

Submission Details: All PP2 documents must be submitted no later than the end of Week 4. Submit a copy of your RFP in the Dropbox created for this purpose.

Clarification on Assignment: All questions of a clarification nature should be asked in the weekly Q & A Forum discussion topic.

Grading: Eighty percent of points will be for content (including proper use of the English language) and 20 percent of the points will be based following the instructions for the assignment.

RFP Content:

Your RFP should utilize the best practices of the pre-award phase that apply to your project. You must choose the type of contract that you feel is most appropriate for this procurement. I will set the length limit at 10 double-spaced pages (12-point font) for the main body of the RFP. (Please do not feel obligated to reach that limit.) You may attach additional appendices if you wish, but these must be limited to clarifying material that has been borrowed from elsewhere or developed as an exhibit.

The first page of your overall submission must be a cover sheet that contains the project title (hopefully, not “PP2” or anything like it—be inventive), your name, your e-mail address, and course identifying information (e.g., “PROJ598 for this term” will suffice—obviously, use the correct term identifier). The second page will be a Table of Contents (TOC) listing the major RFP sections together with page numbers. Include on this page a listing of the references that you used in the RFP preparation, including websites, if any. The next 1-to-10 pages constitute the main body of the RFP. Appendix B contains a list of suppliers to whom you would send the RFP. These must be real bona fide contractors—not hypothetical ones. On that page, say how you chose these potential suppliers. The cover sheet, TOC/references page, and supplier list do not count toward the 10-page limitation.

The structure should, therefore be:

Cover sheet (one page)
Table of contents and references (one page)
RFP main body (no more than 10 pages)
Appendices (no page limit)
Appendix B: Supplier list (one page)
Deadline: PP2 is due by the end of Week 4.

Submit your PP2 assignment to the Week 4 Dropbox.